The American Cooperative School of La Paz, Bolivia is a private, non-profit, non-denominational, coeducational school, which offers an educational program from KG3 through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1955. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 8 to December 16 and from January 9 to May 25.
Organization: The school is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by the members of the association. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is incorporated in the U.S. and is tax-exempt status in the U.S. It is officially recognized by the Bolivian government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic and college-preparatory public schools. The school testing program includes the College Entrance Examination Board tests. Instruction is in English. Spanish and French are taught as foreign languages. Students in the High School have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. Art, music appreciation, and computer courses are also offered. There is no religious instruction. Most of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States. The School is accredited by AdvancED, which includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: There are 32 full-time and 13 part-time faculty members, including 1 superintendent/secondary principal, 1 secondary vice principal, 1 elementary principal and 1 guidance counselor in the 2011-2012 school year. The School also employs a full-time doctor, and 11 teacher aides.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 374 (KG3-5: 205; grades 6-8, 73; 9-12, 96).
Facilities: The School is located on the outskirts of the city. The buildings are new, including an auditorium, theater, gymnasium, library, classrooms, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and an indoor heated swimming pool.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 94% of the school's income is derived from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: KG3: $2,400; KG4: $3,000; KG5-grade 5: $11,950; and grades 6-12: $13,300, payable in U.S. dollars. In addition, there is a one-time entrance fee of $7,000 per student for KG5- grade 5; and $10,000 for grades 6-12. No entrance fee for KG3 and KG4. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)